The Detroit Tigers have been playing great baseball on the road of late. After a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, they have won eight in a row from the comforts of the Holiday Inn Express. The biggest help they have been getting has been outstanding pitching, allowing only 2.38 runs per game. The timely hitting, especially from noted non human cyborg Miguel Cabrera, has helped as well.
Tonight, they start a series with the defending champions. However, the Boston Red Sox have not been setting the world on fire as of late. Between Andrew Miller proving the Miguel Cabrera trade right day by day and willingly paying both Grady Sizemore and AJ Pierzynski to play baseball, it's been a...less than stellar start to the season. Hopefully the Tigers can keep their winning ways going for a weekend more.
For this Beer of the Series, we're going to take the term "beer" loosely. I was asked to feature a cider once upon a time. What better time to feature a cider than while in New England, home of Woodchuck Draft Ciders. For this series, we're going to feature the Granny Smith Apple Cider.
Many people know of Woodchuck's traditional Amber Cider with its bubbly, tart texture. The Granny Smith is a much cleaner, crisper cider with a more direct flavor profile. The cider pours almost transparent with a light golden, almost champagne color. The fresh, clean granny smith flavor comes out almost instantly with a much more tart, acidic edge than its sweeter amber counterpart. It's like drinking apple wine more than apple juice, giving you the pleasant appeal of looking like you're drinking a spritzer instead of just big kid apple juice. The after taste is also much less syrupy, allowing you to go back for more without the impending sugar headache. At 5% ABV, you'll be able to have a drink or two during the game and savor it all weekend long.
Woodchuck Cidery is located in Middlebury, VT.